Bundled up and on the field, Royal Oak High baseball looks to make some noise this season. Pictured, senior Sam  Perkey makes a throw during a recent practice.

Bundled up and on the field, Royal Oak High baseball looks to make some noise this season. Pictured, senior Sam Perkey makes a throw during a recent practice.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Porter says he has contender if Royal Oak baseball finds its groove

By: Mike Moore | Royal Oak Review | Published March 27, 2018

 Royal Oak High’s  Evan Murphy makes  a toss during a recent practice. The junior is expected to see some time at first base.

Royal Oak High’s Evan Murphy makes a toss during a recent practice. The junior is expected to see some time at first base.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROYAL OAK — The weather will eventually cooperate with the spring sports schedule.

But whether its warm, cold, raining or snowing, Greg Porter has one simple ingredient for his Royal Oak High baseball team and its mission this season: consistency.

“From one day to the next, if we can be consistent in how we play, the wins will take care of themselves,” the coach said. “I like the group we have. I like the core bunch of seniors and some of the younger guys. But we have to play consistent on a daily basis to do what we think we can.”

The Ravens have some momentum to build from.

In 2017, the team finished 23-9 overall and reached the regional semifinals.

Five varsity veterans returned to the squad to go after what should be a competitive Oakland Activities Association Gold Division race.

“Especially in the league, we have to stay even keeled,” Porter said. “Southfield A&T will be good, and is always tough. Ferndale (High) looks good and is improving right now. Hazel Park (High) is on the upswing. I don’t think there is anything we can take for granted. But if we play well, it’s a division we can challenge for.”

A couple key players will play essential roles for the Ravens, according to Porter.

Senior Sean Marshall is a two-year starter in center field, and he returns as the team’s leadoff hitter.

“He’s the guy that gets us going,” Porter said.

And with the weather on the colder side to start, and pitching being so essential, left-hander Jacob Isaacson and righty Rob DeBastos are set to anchor the staff.

“If those guys can play well, our team is going to be very competitive,” Porter said. “We graduated some good offensive players. I think pitching and defense, especially early on, has to be strong.”

The team is scheduled to scrimmage Farmington High March 28 and then begins the season April 4 at Rochester High, weather-permitting.

 

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